One of bluegrass musics most important bands, the Reno/Smiley partnership was formed in 1951 by Don Reno (Donald Wesley Reno, 21 February 1926, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, d. 16 October 1984) and Red Smiley (b. Arthur Lee Smiley, 17 May 1925, Asheville, North Carolina, USA, d. 2 January 1972), who had first met in 1949, at Roanoke, Virginia, and worked together in the Tennessee Buddies and the Blue Mountain Boys. In 1951, they formed their own band, the Tennessee Cut-ups. They first recorded for King Records in Cincinnati in 1952, and will always be remembered for their fine version of Renos song Im Using My Bible For A Road Map, recorded at that time. Although continuing to record several more sessions together, lack of full-time work for the band saw them semi-disbanded for a time in the early 50s. Reno And Smiley resumed their touring in the spring of 1955 and continued to play as a group until 1964. During these years, they...
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